Beijing – Screen Australia announced a new Australian-Chinese co-production feature At Last, making it the eighth official co-production to receive approval. The announcement was made at a screen industry networking event, in partnership with Ausfilm and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, designed to further energise Australian-Chinese working relationships and identify co-production opportunities with Chinese producers and production companies.

In attendance were Ausfilm members including Screen NSW, Film Victoria, Screen Queensland, Screenwest, City of Gold Coast, Soundfirm, Spectrum Films, Show Group, Stage & Screen and The Appointment Group. Stand-alone private enterprises were also present, including production house Sydney Films who intend to identify 20 existing or potential co-production films with a total investment budget of AUD$400 million (¥2 billion*).

The latest co-production At Last is the story of a couple from Beijing who find themselves caught in a complex art heist while on holiday in Australia. The feature will be written and directed by Yiwei Liu and produced by Jackie Jiao, Todd Fellman, Charles Fan and Vanessa Wu, from China’s Monumental Films, Australia’s Roadman Films and Story Bridge Films.

Casting is currently underway with production expected to commence in Australia from mid-July. Financing will be provided by Orient Image Entertainment, Gravity Films, Shineland Media, China Lion and Screen Queensland.  Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said At Last would shoot in Queensland, providing approximately 200 jobs and injecting $10.8 million into the local economy.

At Last marks the 8th Australian-Chinese co-production announced since the official treaty was put in place in 2008, and joins a growing list which includes Guardians of the Tomb starring Li Bingbing from writer/director Kimble Rendall currently in post-production and two additional features My Extraordinary Wedding and Tying the Knot which are yet to commence production. A further feature Dog Fight wrapped production last year, with 33 Postcards, The Dragon Pearl and Children of the Silk Road also produced to date.